Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Students criticize Cal State tuition increase proposal

Some Cal State trustees say an automatic student tuition increase would help students plan their budgets during their college careers.

New superintendent visits schools, hears and misses issues

New L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King visited 12 campuses during her first two weeks on the job. She heard substantive issues during some visits.

New LAUSD leader Michelle King says she'll 'listen, learn and activate'

In an interview with KPCC, the new L.A. schools leader pledged to work toward 100 percent graduation, balance the budget and combat a "waning of the public trust."

Director named for nonprofit to promote charter expansion plan

Myrna Castrejón will lead Great Public Schools Now, which launched in November by the backers of a plan to rapidly promote the growth of charter schools in L.A.

LA Unified offers new superintendent $350,000 contract

New L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will earn a $350,000 salary. Her 29-month contract renews automatically if the board doesn't terminate it.

LAUSD board appoints Michelle King new superintendent

King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.

LAUSD scrambles to relocate Porter Ranch students

LAUSD's facilities, food service, transportation, and other divisions have worked the last three weeks to relocate students from two Porter Ranch schools.

LAUSD teachers union challenges 'unnecessary' tests

One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.

Finalist in LAUSD superintendent search pulls out

L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.

New exams, new approach to test practicing in SoCal schools

To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.

Educators focusing on tech problems with standardized tests

One teacher said students taking standardized tests last year had problems with keyboards, logging into the system, and wifi crashes.

Muslim students find hostility, curiosity in their schools

Muslim students are having a range of experiences at schools, from name calling to support and sympathy.

LAUSD passes resolution to relocate Porter Ranch students

The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which would temporarily relocate almost 1,900 students from the two schools affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak.

LA Unified poised to relocate 2,000 Porter Ranch students

L.A. Unified says a natural gas leak near two Porter Ranch schools has become a distraction to learning and the school district is moving to relocate students.

San Bernardino shooting: Funerals for 14 killed begin with Yvette Velasco

One week and a day after the massacre, 27-year-old Yvette Velasco's friends and family gathered for an outdoor funeral, at a spot on a hill in remembrance of her love of nature.